August 26 - 29, 2018

The Weston Department of Public Works continued to fulfill its mission to construct and maintain the physical infrastructure that provides for the public's health and safety, to protect the environment, and to enhance the quality of life and ensure that Weston continues to be a desirable place in which to live and conduct business. The following is the weekly report, by division:

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State/Utility Project Work

  • Continuing to coordinate with Eversource on a number of outstanding issues in Town including double poles, poles guyed into trees, leaning poles and pole guyed with rope (Merriam Street), Hazard trees at/near power lines, etc.;
  • Continuing to coordinate with Eversource and MassDCR on the Rail Trail Project:  
    • Railing work continues (mostly in Weston) and is anticipated to continue until the end of September for this phase of the work;
    • Post and railing installation continues by DCR;  
    • Eversource’s contractor continued work between Church Street and Conant Road, including but not limited to, culvert work and gravel base work. It is anticipated that they will be completed with their work by mid-September and then DCR’s paving contractor will remobilize;
    • Outstanding work:  post and railing installation, paving, loaming, seeding, pavement markings, signs, and final cleanup including removing erosion controls;
    • DPW Director worked with the Rail Trail Advisory Committee in setting up a consultant contract for proposed trail parking areas, etc.  Survey work in the Concord Road area and Church Street area beginning by the consultant’s surveyor
  • National Grid’s gas relay projects proposed for construction during the 2018 Construction Season. All work subject to ongoing labor dispute:
    • Newton Street gas main replacement work ongoing, but work on hold due to NGrid work stoppage;  
    • Gail Road gas main replacement work  ongoing, but on hold due to NGrid work stoppage. DPW is directing NGrid to pave the Temporary Trench. It is anticipated that Pembroke Road gas main replacement work will start after Gail Road completed;  
    • Sherburn Circle, continuation of Wellesley Street (699-654) petition has been approved by the Board of Selectman; and
    • Concord Road (1-81) are also gas main replacement projects anticipated for construction season 2018  
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Ongoing DPW Projects

  • Black Oak Pump Station Project – tTown Engineer  has secured necessary easement document with property owner impacted and will present to Board of Selectmen on August 28th which was approved.  Town Engineer working with Eversource and property owner to address some/all pole concerns; 
  • Overseeing consultants’ work on the Southside Drainage Project - The necessary easements for Phase 2 of the project have been secured.  The permitting will be conducted with construction anticipated for Fall 2018.  Conservation Commission meeting upon receipt of all Phase II easement will be next action item;
  • Paines Hill Water Tank Improvement Project - Punchlist work remaining – Electrical and Plumbing work remaining;
  • Calendar Year 2018 Anticipated Roadway Reconstructions
    • Aspen Road, Juniper Road, and a portion of Cherry Brook Road - ADA ramp installs remain;  
    • Concord Road (from Merriam Street to Sudbury Road) ADA ramp remaining; 
    • Fairview Road and Montvale Road Intersection - DPW anticipates roadway reconstruction work occurring late September/early October 2018;  
    • Winter Street (Route 30 to Brown Street), Glen Road (Shady Hill Road to Oak Street), Highland Street (Pine Street to Route 30) - Final roadway paving course installation scheduled occurred the week of August 26th over a couple of days.  Anticipated work over the next couple of weeks:  sidewalk final course pavement installation, loaming and seeding, final cleanup, and pavement markings; 
    • DPW anticipates that Glen Road (Wellesley Street to Shady Hill Road) will be constructed next construction season after drainage work is completed; 
    • DPW anticipates Gail Road, Pembroke Road, Webster Road, and Arrowhead Road will occur next construction season if the gas work can get completed early next construction season; 
    • Summer Street – replacement of guardrail (anticipated sometime this summer)   
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Consultant Work Managed by DPW

  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 30 Roadway Reconstruction TIP Project - roadway, sidewalk, drainage improvements, intersection improvements, etc.  Survey work ongoing.  Wetland delineation began.  Traffic counts to be taken after school starts. Project info at weston.org;
  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Route 20 Intersection Improvement TIP Project - (signal at Boston Post Road/Wellesley Street/Boston Post Road By-Pass) - intersection improvements, etc.  Consultant contract being executed. Survey  work will be first order of business.  Wetland delineation to begin after / during survey work.  Traffic counts to be taken after school starts. Project info at weston.org;
  • Overseeing consultant work on Proposed Concord Road Spurs and Church Street Spur Rail Trail Parking Areas - these are proposed parking areas for the rail trail as overseen by the Rail Trail Advisory Committee.  Consultant contract is executed and the survey work is set to begin.  Wetland delineation to begin shortly;
  • Overseeing several sidewalk design projects -  (Merriam Street and Warren Avenue) – Funding secured for the work; culvert replacement and drainage work needs to take place before sidewalks can be installed; sidewalk projects also need to be coordinated with roadway work;
  • Overseeing consultant design work for drainage work for construction season 2016 (Newton Street and Merriam Street) - continue to attempt to secure required easements on Newton Street;
  • Overseeing consultant concept/design work for the Town Center Improvement Project -  75% Plan submission to the Town that needs to be reviewed. Town Center Planning Committee presented to the Board of Selectman on August 28th. Project info and plans can be found at   weston.org/towncenter;
  • Overseeing consultant work on setting up RFPs for Wireless Meter Reading - meter replacements and meter installation (approximately 1700).  Contract award issued and awaiting for contract execution to schedule pre-construction meeting; 
  • Overseeing consultant design and permitting for Concord Road Culvert replacement which has impacts on the Warren Avenue and Merriam Street culverts - decision matrix tabling being evaluated.  DPW anticipates Engineering will have a discussion with the Board of Selectman on August 28th


  • Currently reviewing 6 Stormwater Permits;
  • Currently issued 51 Stormwater permits which also requires construction inspection

Water Division

  • Completed approximately 30 DigSafes;
  • Performed weekly samples (3), monthly water samples at tanks, and station/tank inspections;
  • Conducted 4 final reads;
  • Installed 1 new hydrant;
  • Worked on water billing;
  • Investigated one service leak;
  • Continued working on the lead and copper sampling plan/contacts for 2018;
  • Painted Pump Station floor

Park and Cemetery Division

  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • Cut grass at Central Cemetery, Soldiers, DPW/Police, and Linwood Cemetery;
  • Removed grindings and loamed and seeded stumps at Town House Road and Linwood Cemetery;
  • Dug for 4 foundations and set multiple foot markers;
  • Continued updating the cemetery spreadsheets for interments and lot owners
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Solid Waste and Recycling Division

  • Processed 1, 100-yard solid waste dumpster totaling 21.27 tons;
  • Picked up municipal office recycling – 780 lbs;
  • Picked up Town office and select Town park solid waste – 1,080 lbs.;
  • Processed 1 bulky plastic container – 2.37 tons;
  • Ran 1 shuttle for grass/leaves – 14.98 tons;
  • Processed 1 metal container – 8.69 tons;
  • Process 1 container of scrap wood – 6.19 tons;
  • Assisted with the pickup of various donations including clothing, electronics, books and bikes –1,420 lbs;
  • Assisted with pickup of Weston textiles – 1,560 lbs;
  • Processed 5 cent deposit bottles and cans – 4,400 lbs;
  • Processed 1 rechargeable battery pickup – 80 lbs;
  • Organized and maintained order in swap shed;
  • Cleaned and pumped in the trailer pit as needed;
  • Pick up litter and cleaned up around the site as needed;
  • Cut the grass on the landfill cap and around the building
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Highway/Stormwater Divisions

  • Hot patching potholes: various;
  • Fallen tree / branch removal from roadway and/or culverts: Love Lane, Highland Street, Ridgeway Road, Oxbow Road, South Avenue;
  • Inspect miscellaneous tree locations for possible action:  various;
  • Sidewalk cleanup:  Church Street;
  • Street sweeping:  Glen Road, Highland Street, Winter Street, all schools, Library, COA, all main commuter roadways;
  • Respond to miscellaneous calls for service:  roadside litter and objects in roadway, illegal sign removal;
  • Set up and change out of detours:  Highland Street, Glen Road and Winter Street;
  • Repair drain manhole / catch basin:  Black Oak, Shady Hill Road;
  • Pave basins:  Sunset and Black Oak;
  • Check and clear waterways:  Division list;
  • Mowing and trimming:  all sections;
  • Flail mowing:  North Avenue, Glen Road, Wellesley Street, Chestnut Street, Park, and Intervale Roads;
  • Cleaned and serviced equipment;
  • DIGSafe markouts:  Black Oak Road,  Shady Hill Road;
  • Oversee final paving w/contractor:  Highland Street, Glen Road, Winter Street;
  • Oversee sidewalk berm installation:  Highland Street;
  • Oversee headwall repair contractor (con’t):  Highland Street;
  • Load contractor trucks with waste and usable aggregate

Vehicle Maintenance Division

  • Performed routine maintenance (fluid services, tires and brakes, exhaust, steering and suspension, exterior trim work and electrical repairs) on 9 school buses, 3 police vehicles, and 11 DPW trucks and other equipment, noting that the DPW Vehicle Maintenance Division is responsible for over 122 pieces of rolling stock for the Town;
  • Performed 1 major repair on vehicles with Major/Significant maintenance activity:  Bus #8 rear brakes

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